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Poster: FP Date: Aug 12, 2004 3:24pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: How they ban your classic films or Making :mickey' and corporate buddies

Interesting post - thanks, cashel. It's an annoying "coincidence" that every copyright extension created by the US government is enacted whenever a Mickey Mouse cartoon is about to fall into the public domain. It's disgusting that this protection, which prevents fair use of antique works, may be abused to extend similar restrictive behaviour to non-US territories.

If this keeps up, all "public domain" works could eventually be reclaimed by various corporations, and derivative works rendered illegal. As you know, jail sentences in the U.S. for copyright infringement are usually more harsh than those given to violent criminals who cause life-ruining injury.

This post was modified by FP on 2004-08-12 22:23:47

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Poster: cashel Date: Aug 12, 2004 4:47pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: How they ban your classic films or Making :mickey' and corporate buddies

Thanks FP .. You have summed up this matter better than I did. I liked your term "antique works" . The value of these films is really just an entry by accountants in their books to falsely bolster the Corporations net worth. Lillian Gish once tried to get a film made on life of D W Griffith and failed because as she said the Hollywood people were only interested in inflating their own careers and money.